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2009 Competition

Great American Seafood Cookoff



Genre: Cooking

Place Covered: New Orleans, Orleans Parish, Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority, Louisiana Seafood and Marketing Board

Date Issued: 2009-08-10

Duration: 00:29:41

Subjects: Cooking (Seafood) | Food | CONTESTS | Chefs | Folse, John D.


  • Blackwell, Jeff Narrator
  • Allen, Gary Producer
  • Gautreaux, Kevin Producer
  • Barnes, Liz Producer
  • Smith, Ewell Interviewee
  • Oliver, John Interviewee
  • Pearce, Harlin Interviewee
  • Folse, John Interviewee
  • Rabar, Nick Interviewee
  • McPhail, Tory Interviewee
  • Fischer, Ed Interviewee
  • Boulot, Phillipe Interviewee
  • Hoogerhyde, Patrick Interviewee
  • Chitmis, Vaishali Interviewee
  • King, Randy Interviewee
  • Taylor, Michael Interviewee
  • MacBride, Ian Interviewee
  • Varanese, John Interviewee
  • Hansen, Sig Interviewee
  • Rutland, Julia Interviewee
  • Wiedmaier, Robert Interviewee
  • Casey, Kathy Interviewee
  • Richard, Michael Interviewee
  • Harris, Chuck Interviewee
  • Compton, Zach Interviewee
  • Stinson, Rob Interviewee
  • McLellan, Margaret Salt Interviewee
  • Fischbach, Peter Interviewee


This episode of the “Great American Seafood Cookoff” features highlights from the July 18, 2009, competition held at the Louisiana Foodservice Expo in New Orleans. Fifteen chefs from around the country compete to create the best seafood dish using the seafood indigenous to their states. The competitors are: Chef Zach Compton of Alabama; Chef Patrick Hoogerhyde of Alaska; Chef Ian MacBride of California; Chef Randy King of Idaho; Chef Michael Taylor of Illinois; Chef John Varanese of Kentucky; Chef Tory McPhail of Louisiana; Chef Margaret Salt McLellan of Maine; Chef Vaishali Chitmis of Maryland; Chef Rob Stinson of Mississippi; Chef Peter Fischbach of New Jersey; Chef Phillipe Boulot of Oregon; Chef Nicholas Rabar of Rhode Island; Chef Chuck Harris of Texas; and Chef Ed Fischer of West Virginia. This episode includes interviews with: Ewell Smith, the director of the Louisiana Seafood Promotion and Marketing Board; John Oliver, the deputy director of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA); Harlin Pearce, the chairman of the Louisiana Seafood Promotion and Marketing Board; Chef John Folse, emcee; Captain Sig Hansen of Discovery Channel’s “Deadliest Catch,” emcee; and Julia Rutland, Chef Robert Wiedmaier, Chef Kathy Casey, and Chef Michael Richard, judges. It also includes interviews with the chefs describing their dishes. Chef Tory McPhail of Louisiana is named the winner of the competition and crowned the “King of American Seafood.”